Watching the Euro 2016 must be a bittersweet experience for Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard could be forgiven if he still felt a tangible sense of disappointment after being overlooked by Vicente del Bosque for this summer’s European Championships, despite his good form towards the end of the season.
However, it’s clear that Torres has thoroughly enjoyed watching the impressive performances of his Atletico Madrid teammate Antoine Griezmann.
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Griezmann has scored six goals at Euro 2016 and, if France beat Portugal in the final on Sunday, is almost certain to win the tournament’s best player award as well as the golden boot.
Torres admits he’s “delighted” that Griezmann could finish the tournament as a European champion, especially because he plies his trade for Atleti.
Torres 'delighted' with Griezmann's displays
"I'm delighted that he can win it," Torres was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca. "It's an honour for the Rojiblancos that a player in Spain can win it with Antoine topping the table and above all, to see how he's playing."
Torres then spoke about the specific qualities than make Griezmann such a special footballer.
"He's an all-round player with forwards being able to take advantage of his passes and his speed," the striker added.
"He knows how to take advantage of the work of a No. 9 as we've seen with Olivier Giroud and with us as well.
"With his back to the goal he wins balls, he breaks away at a speed which our opposing defenders cannot stop."
David Villa also praises Griezmann
David Villa, another player with Atletico Madrid connections, has also heaped praise on France’s new hero.
"I wouldn't know where to start picking Griezmann's most outstanding highlights," Villa told Marca from New York.
"For me, he's a player who can do many things, he's a forward who can score at any time."
He can play on both wings, is very fast with or without the ball, and can cause a lot of damage.
"He dominates in so many ways and is one of those players who improves everything that is happening around him."
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